Clemente Rivera, 43, Charged With Robbery And Burglary

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 43-year-old man has been charged with burglary and robbery in connection with an attack last weekend on an elderly woman in Chinatown.

Police said they spent nearly five days trying to track down the suspect, Clemente Rivera, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Friday. He was located Friday inside the Fort Washington Armory at 651 W. 168th St., police said.

The alleged robbery took place in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge at the Alfred E. Smith Houses on Catherine Slip. The Sunday morning attack began in the building’s lobby, the woman said.

The alleged victim, an 85-year-old retired seamstress who moved to America from Hong Kong at the age of 65, was pushed down and robbed as she entered her high-rise apartment. She did not want to be identified.

“She’s feeling very scared and confused,” her daughter told Slattery.

The woman’s daughter said her mother pulled out $40 to give the suspect. But instead of the cash, the alleged thug grabbed Medicaid documents from a drawer and made a hasty escape, police said.

The woman has lived in the building since her husband died 20 years ago and said that she is now worried about staying there.

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